Leeds United will aim to end their long-standing exile from the Premier League next season after flopping during 2018/19.
The Whites were top of the Championship at Christmas but a slump during the second half of the campaign crucified their hopes of reaching the top-flight.
Boss Marcelo Bielsa must ensure that doesn’t happen again next season and will go in search of reinforcements this summer.
One area that could do with additions is at the back and in particular central defence.
An injury to Pontus Jansson left Leeds desperately short during their play-off games with Derby and that eventually proved costly.
Some bad news emerged for Leeds on the defensive front yesterday.
With Clarke consigned to the list of players that probably won’t arrive at Elland Road this summer, they should look towards another League One defender.
Patrick Bauer netted the 94th-minute winner for Charlton in their Play-Off Final against Sunderland. He is, however, out of contract at The Valley this summer.
The 26-year-old played 39 games for the Addicks last season and was instrumental in their promotion-winning campaign.
Signing the no-nonsense central defender makes perfect sense for Leeds.
Whoever arrives will probably only play second fiddle behind Jansson and Liam Cooper, so adding Bauer on a free will certainly be cost-effective.
Strong in the tackle, Bauer is very much an old-fashioned type of defender and he would prove a shrewd addition to Bielsa’s ranks.